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McDavid dazzles but Oilers fall short

by Meg Tilley @MegsTilley /

A strong start to the Oilers eighth and final game of the pre-season saw Captain Connor McDavid - who had a two-point night - display some impressive moves.

"The first was a decent period, then the second we didn't come up at all, but I thought we really answered well in the third," said Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom. 

Though Edmonton fell 3-2 in their eighth and final game of the pre-season, finishing with a 5-3-0 record, McDavid and the Oilers kept the Canucks on their toes. 

"McDavid will do that to you," said Canucks Head Coach Willie Desjardins. "He comes with so much speed you're worried about it. He sets you on your heels."

Markstrom admitted that McDavid's talent caught him off guard in the second, ricocheting a wrist shot off the back of the netminder to edge the Oilers forward with a 2-1 lead. 

"It's a bad play to try and read at that angle," said Markstrom. "[I thought] he was going to pass it, and instead of just worrying about him, when he got a little bit too far, I left the post, trying to block the backdoor play but as a goalie I should just worry about the puck."

Markus Granlund played hero for the Canucks with less than three minutes remaining in the period, redirecting a shot by Alexander Edler to beat Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot for the win.  

"Last pre-season game, we got the win, so I think it's a good thing," said Granlund.

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